A Sign of the Covenant

Parashat Pesach (Passover) Exodus 12:21–51 Maftir: Numbers 28:16-25 Haftarah: Joshua 5:2-6:1, 6:27 In this week’s special reading for Passover, we read once again of God’s instructions to Moses regarding the children of Israel dipping hyssop … Read More

Purification — Not Perfection

Parashat Metzora (Leprosy) Vayikra (Leviticus) 14:1–15:33 Shabbat HaGadol! Haftarah: Malachi 3:4-24 (4:6 English Bibles) This week we have a special reading from Malachi 3:4–24 for what is called the “Shabbat HaGadol” (Great Shabbat) which is … Read More

Eternal Leader

Parashat Tazria (She Conceives) Vayikra (Leviticus) 12:1–13:8 Shabbat HaChodesh (Shabbat of The Month): Exodus 12:1–20 Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16–46:18 This week we have a special reading for what is known as Shabbat HaChodesh, which is the … Read More

Purification

Parashat Shemini (Eighth) Vayikra (Leviticus) 9:1–11:47 Maftir: Numbers 19:1–22 Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16–38 This week there is a special reading for what is called “Shabbat Parah”, which is the Shabbat before the “Shabbat HaChodesh” (Sabbath of … Read More

Missing the Point

Parashat Tzav (Command) Leviticus 6:1-8:36 (English 6:8-8:36) Haftarah: Jeremiah 7:21-8:30 & 9:22-23 In reading and writing this week’s Scripture commentary, I noticed a conflict that made me ask “Are we missing the point?” In the … Read More

Following God Wholeheartedly

Parashat Vayikra (And He Called) Vayikra (Leviticus) 1:1–5:26 Special reading for Shabbat “Zachor” (Remembrance) Deuteronomy 25:17–19 Haftarah: 1 Samuel 15:1–44 We have a special reading this week for Shabbat “Zachor” (Remembrance), which is the Shabbat … Read More

The Weight of His Glory

Parashat Pequdei (Accounts Of) Shemot (Exodus) 38:21-40:38 Haftarah: 1 Kings 7:51-8:21 (Ashkenazi) 1 Kings 7:40-50 (Sephardic) In this week’s reading, we find a concept that I am not sure, today, we really understand. Oftentimes, I … Read More

A Willing Heart

Parashat VaYaqhel (And He Assembled) Shemot (Exodus) 35:1–38:20 Special reading for Shabbat Shekalim: Shemot (Exodus) 30:11–16 Haftarah: 2 Kings 11:17–12:17 (Sephardic) We have a special reading this week for “Shabbat Shekalim”, which is the Shabbat … Read More

Faithful & True

Parashat Ki Tisa (When You Lift Up) Shemot (Exodus) 30:11-34:35 Haftarah: 1 Kings 18:1-39 We read one of the most well-known, yet tragic accounts in the history of the people of Israel this week. It … Read More

Renewed by the Blood

Parashat Tetzaveh (You Shall Command) Shemot (Exodus) 27:20–30:10 Haftarah: Ezekiel 43:10–27 The phenomenon that the Creator of the Universe wants to dwell with us kept coming back to me as I studied this week’s Parashah. … Read More